Words and Photography by Che Birch-Hayes

Being one of the worst kept secrets as a beach doesn't make this bay any less stunning. I've been visiting the Mumbles in South Wales for years but only the past 4 or 5 as a landscape photographer. Three cliffs bay has no car park, no ice cream shops and no trendy coffee shops to spoil it. At least a 20 minute hill laden trek will take you down onto the beach so you can often find your visit gives you a decent amount of solitude.

Camping in the area isn't strictly allowed, so make sure you clean up after yourself and don't make too much noise as there is a community that lives on the hills stretching up to the nearest village called Penmaen. There is however a seasonal campsite which has stunning views which I can highly recommend at Three Cliffs Bay campsite. For me, however nothing beats camping on the beach itself and if you're lucky you can wake up when the tide is in and capture the cliffs surrounded by the sea. 

Our camp was in a sort of natural sand dune bowl so we were able to shelter from the wind and it dampened a little bit of the waves crashing when getting to sleep. We camped in summer and the stars under a clear summers night down there were unreal. If you aren't already blown away by the views of the cliffs, camping overnight and seeing the stars will surely make it worthwhile.